The electrifying 2009 stop of Red Bull X-Fighters Texas will be broadcast on ABC on Sunday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT, immediately following final round coverage of the British Open golf tournament. Red Bull X-Fighters is the world’s premier freestyle motocross series.
On June 27, Nate Adams defeated defending Texas winner and 2008 series champion, Mat Rebeaud before a capacity crowd of more than 22,000 fans in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. In addition to an epic showcase of freestyle motocross put on despite searing hot conditions, Australian rider Cam Sinclair nailed the first-ever double backflip during a competition run, sending the fans into a frenzy. Thomas Pagès of France suffered a hip injury, the result of an unsuccessful attempt at the first-ever front flip in a competition run.
The scene was authentic Texas, replete with Rodeo Queens, bull riding and even the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Supercross legend and current TORC off-road truck driver Ricky Johnson got the evening started by tearing into the purpose-built venue with a special passenger – Fort Worth Mayor Michael Moncrief, who welcomed the fans to the second-straight Red Bull X-Fighters held in his town, followed by members of the Red Bull Air Force, who made a high-speed drop-in onto the course.
The course was a genuine challenge for the riders, presenting them with more than 15 different jump combinations, thanks to the 850 truckloads of dirt that were sculpted in the three weeks leading up to the event.
The Red Bull X-Fighters Texas 2009 was produced by BLINK in association with Grace Productions. Executive Producers are Mark Skilton and Mitch Geller & Andrew Stephan.
Japan’s Eigo Sato leads the overall standing of the international series with 215 points, closely followed by Rebeaud (210 points) and Robbie Maddison (145 points).
The Texas stop was the third of five international Red Bull X-Fighters events in 2009, starting with the traditional kick-off at the 45,000-seat Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City in March. Calgary hosted Canada’s first Red Bull X-Fighters on May 30 at the Calgary Stampede. The Las Ventas bullring in Madrid will host its eighth straight year with an event this Friday and Saturday, July 16-17. The series wraps up with a visit to London’s Battersea Power Station on August 22.
Red Bull X-Fighters was created in 2001, debuting in Valencia, Spain at the bullring where ‘Mad’ Mike Jones claimed victory. Since that historic night, Red Bull X-Fighters events have taken place in the world’s most iconic locations, including the famous bullrings in Madrid and Mexico City, Slane Castle in Ireland, the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, a massive stone quarry in Wuppertal, Germany and the Stadion X-Lecia in Warsaw, Poland.